© Amberley Mountain Reserve Dullstroom Mpumalanga

HISTORY

The lodge is located  on a magnificent site overlooking the Steenkampsberg and Kruisfontein Valley complete with distant mountains, nature reserve and farmland. One can even see the Highland Gate Golf & Trout Estate below in the distance.  

 

Once the private farm of a Johannesburg businessman who wanted a country getaway. The house was built for his wife who chose the spot she loved the most for the site. This was no mean feat, as Eskom power was brought across from afar and the 904ha farm was then game fenced and building teams still had to come up the dirt farm road with supplies.

 

The building of the concrete road seemed a sensible and inevitable project for this reason- however this  was an enigma to locals as it seemed a decadence to build a road by hand, on a private servitude - when all you needed was a bakkie. However you will be pleased he did as any vehicle can access the estate without hindrance. 

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The Manager's homestead was then completed and thereafter the stables and paddock. Plains game such as Black Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest, Blesbok, Zebra and Springbok were introduced and they continue to roam together with naturally occurring species in this natural paradise.

 

The fishing waters were established with magnificent trout dams, 3 of which can be seen from the lodge and are the dedicated 'catch and release' waters that guests can enjoy. The building of the Manager's homestead and the stables completed this project and was enjoyed by the owners for many years.

 

A group of like-minded individuals purchased the property in 2007 and still utilise the property as a tranquil getaway. A few years ago, the lodge was opened as an upmarket country venue and we invite you to enjoy it too.  

 

The only other dwelling on the property is the Manager's homestead where Geoff and Sherol Mortimer reside and keep Amberley Mountain Reserve in tip-top shape.  Their home is not visible from the lodge but near enough should you need anything.  It is located near the stables which are home to the estate's resident (yet retired) horses that were purchased with the property. 

 

The lodge  is equipped to accommodate a maximum of 12 guests including children of all ages.  Accommodation includes 6 bedrooms, and 4 bathrooms.

The main living and entertainment area is extensive and includes a large kitchen that has everything you could need for large groups. The living area is flanked on two sides by large double glazed windows maximising the panoramic views. This area comprises a dining area, dedicated bar area and lounge. Sliding doors open on to a large outside patio with braai facilities and an outside table that overlooks the lodge's swimming pool with stunning views.

There is a separate cosy family lounge with a TV and fire place. 

The lodge housekeeper and her husband, who also works on the farm, stay onsite in our dedicated staff accommodation which is fully serviced during your stay. 

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